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My Philosophy

Relationships make up our psychological world. Our relationship with others constructs our external world, and our relationship with the varied parts of ourselves defines our internal world. These two relationships, internal and external, are inextricably linked, and how we interact with others offers valuable insight into how we interact with ourselves, and vice versa. Shifts in one also inevitably create a shift in the other.

Through these relationships, psychotherapy holds, examines and processes our psychological struggles by integrating our intellectual insights with our emotional selves. This embodied experience offers the potential for growth and change.

Who I am and how I work

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in California and Texas with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I have experience working with a wide variety of clients, including professionals, couples, adolescents, and college students in settings ranging from private practice and university counseling centers to community mental health clinics and outpatient substance abuse facilities. I have been trained in relational, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and completed an intense 2-year training program through San Francisco's Access Institute focused on helping people live richer lives.

In addition to my private practice, I have been staff psychologist at the Mills College Counseling Center and an adjunct professor of Clinical Psychology at several Bay Area graduate schools and training clinics. I am currently an adjunct professor for the Counseling Psychology department at the University of Texas at Austin.

My personal interests include LGBTQ
issues, social justice, multicultural understanding and education. I'm also integrally involved in the Bay Area psychoanalytic community, and have presented locally and nationally on topics related to professional development and the role of sex and desire.

My dissertation focused on the relational dynamics of the therapeutic relationship and its pivotal role in creating change. I strongly believe that the therapeutic relationship, the interaction between you and me, is the essential arena in which problems are explored and potentially overcome.

Simply put, therapy will be a collaborative effort - between you, the expert on you, and me, the expert on how our minds work. Together, we will focus on understanding your struggles, transforming old and unproductive patterns, and creating space for greater flow and more honest expression in your life.

I look forward to working with you, and encourage you to contact me for a free phone consultation to learn more.